Wound Dressings – Hydrofibers

Hydrofiber dressings are a relatively new concept in dressings, and can be very cost effective because they can be worn for several days at a time. In this article, we will explore how and when these dressings can be used.

Product Overview

Hydrofiber dressings gel upon contact with moisture, locking in fluid that is absorbed by the dressing. In this manner, they help to maintain a moisture balance in the wound bed that is not too wet or too dry, protecting the edges of wounds from becoming macerated. They provide a passive method of wound control by filling in dead spaces where bacteria tend to proliferate. The addition of silver to some of these dressings can provide antimicrobial protection for infected wounds. The main component of these dressings is sodium carboxymethylcellulose. These dressings may come in a sterile, soft non-woven pad or as a ribbon dressing.

Indications

  • Partial thickness burns
  • Diabetic foot/leg ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds left to heal by secondary intention

Contraindications

  • Hydrofiber dressings containing silver should not be used on those patients sensitive to silver
  • Not compatible with oil-based products, such as petrolatum jelly

Advantages

  • Can be used with compression bandages
  • Can be used on dry wounds (wet with sterile normal saline)
  • Conforms to irregularly shaped wounds easily
  • Comfortable for the patient to wear
  • Easy to remove; painless and does not damage granulating wound tissue
  • Can be worn for several days, therefore these dressings can be quite cost-effective
  • Helps to balance the inflammatory response
  • The addition of silver provides sustained antimicrobial response over time

Disadvantages

  • Secondary dressing may be needed for wound that are highly exudative i.e. oncologic wounds

Hydrofiber dressings have been shown to be effective in the management of both acute and chronic wounds, as well as wounds that are infected.

For dry wounds, the dressing should be moistened with sterile normal saline, and then an occlusive dressing that traps moisture should be applied as a secondary dressing, such as a transparent film. For wounds that are extremely moist, a secondary dressing to “catch” any excess fluid should be applied.

References:

Bowler, P., Jones, S., Parsons, D. & Walker, M. (2004). Microbial properties of a silver-containing hydrofiber dressing against a variety of burn wound pathogens. Burn Care Rehabilitation, Mar-Apr; 25(2), pg. 192-196.

This article on the use of hydrofiber dressings continues our series on dressings types and use. We hope that you find these articles informative. Perhaps, as you read these articles, you will discover that you have an interest in becoming certified as a wound care specialist. If so, please visit WoundEducators.com to find out more about how you can take the next step in becoming an expert in wound care management.

Over Coming the Fear of Moving

The fear of relocating is a real and devastating problem for some people. The anxiety of moving to a new state, town or even a new house can be overwhelming to some.

As hard as it might be to believe, there are tens of thousands of people who suffer from the fear of moving, or Tropophobia as it is called. It is a very real, diagnosable disorder that if left unchecked can have devastating consequences for those that suffer.

Tropophobia, is known by a number of names including the most common ones such as Fear of Moving, and Fear of Making Changes. To those that have never experienced any type of moving anxiety it might be hard to understand exactly how debilitating this disorder can be. For those that have at least been slightly awkward about moving to a new location, it would be a bit easier to understand how a disorder such as Tropophobia can be so debilitating, how it can have such a large impact on quality of life for those that suffer.

Some people live in the same state, the same town, even the same house their own life and never think about or have need to even considering moving to a new location. Their lives are well rounded and well adjusted to their particular surroundings and they lead happy full lives. But there are those that will live with a fear, a fear of change, a fear that keeps them trapped in the same house, the same town, the same state, for years or even a lifetime.

Studies have revealed, especially in larger metropolitan areas such as New York and Los Angelis that people live their own life in the same house, never venturing outside a mentally determined safe zone. Be that a borough area such as Brooklyn New York, or a neighborhood within that area. Stories continues to surface about people who know little about the world around them because they suffer from severe Tropophobia.

Trying to explain the thoughts and feelings of those that suffer is very difficult to put into words to give readers the ability to understand. It might be easier to understand if one were to state it like this. Imagine standing on a rocky cliff, with your feet already half way over the edge. Imagine looking down from that cliff and not being able to see the bottom, but only darkness as the distance falls away benefit your gaze. Imagine kicking a stone over the edge and waiting for the report of its hitting bottom, but never listening it.

Now imagine if you will, that the world tells you that a better, more abundant life is right in front of you only a few steps away and all you must do is take a few more steps past the edge, from that edge you have been standing on, which from your point of view is the only stable ground you have left before falling into a bottomless pit.

Of course it's not quite that simplistic. To characterize in all the facets that make up the disorder would of course show it to be much more multi-dimensional. But the above illustration serves as an example for reference of thought.

Fear of Moving has the ability to devastate not only the life of the one who superserts it, but also those lives around that person as well. Suffering from Tropophobia can cause loss of job opportunities or advances or even loss of a career. If a spouse needs to relocate because of job, it can cause severe financial problems far beyond the normal pressures of such an event. Fear of moving, or fear of change can have not only devastating psychological effects, but damaging physical effects as a result of the anxiety as well.

Tropophobia is not always easy to spot as a disorder. Many people who have fear of moving do not realize it. They may have developed a sophisticated method of coping with the disorder that is capable of rationalizing any and all decisions that they make in resistance to making change, reasons that may on the surface sound and look totally convincing. But when the rationalization runs out, and a problem is finally recognized, there is hope.

The hope is in that like every other phobia, Tropophobia can be treated, it can be over come.

Many times taking the first small step in treating it, will lead to giant steps forward in a very short time. In other cases, slow methodical steps towards treatment and recovery are needed. There are agencies and support groups that can help. If you suffer or know of someone who suffers from fear of moving, do not let it be in control. Take control and get the help needed to overcome and live a better life. The first step is realizing the fear, and the second is to take action against that fear.

Water Extraction Services

There is no warning as to where and when tragedy will strike most of the time, and when it happens those afflicted by it are left in an almost impossible situation. In the case of a flood there is nothing to do except wait for it to finish and contact water extraction services to help you pick up the pieces.

These companies understand the heart break of the scenario, and their main goal is to help you get back off the ground. For this reason they offer a variety of services for you and your affiliations whether they are damaged or still intact. They will first remove your possessions, take full inventory, and have them cleaned and disinfected before storing them in a dryer location. They will then perform an "emergency water extraction" which will remove the water from your home, and immediately after beginning repairing the water damage, and any other type of natural disaster such as fire.

Most importantly though they will help to remove some of the massive burden and allow you and your family to focus on one another and not on their lost articles. They do all this by being available twenty four hours, seven days a week, and by relocating you and speaking to the insurance company, because who talking can make the difference between thousands versus versus hundreds out of your own pocket. Water extraction specifically, and all other emergency services have the home owner's interest at hear, and can be trusted to do a complete and thorough job every time and be available any time.

How to Get F1 Drivers Autographs and Photos

F1 autograph hunting TIPS for people with not much money. (Legal stuff only) If you have no money to pay the paddock club access then how on earth would you ever go close enough to the F1 drivers to get them sign your merchandise/autograph/photo. Your not even related to any F1 crew. That was my question since I first attended my first Formula 1 race.So what did I do to tackle this problem? How did I manage to get autographs and photo’s with F1 celebrities not to mention a few World Champions(Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Niki Lauda, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikonnen) from the past and current lineup. Here I share my tips ->

Tips 1 – Identify your target.

Know the drivers family members, gf’s, race engineers,technical crew,team directors, owners and entire crew if possible. It’s always good to know who is who. Reason? not many people know them, so +1 point as competition to take photos with them are less. You can even ask them were and when the actual F1 drivers will arrive at the circuit. Do not focus on only 1 famous F1 driver. You might not know that a young rookie would be famous one day. My F1 circle of friends took photos with Sebastian Vettel when he was still the 3rd driver for BMW Sauber. Imagine him now and you know what I mean. So the keyword here would be identify and do not be picky.

Tips 2 – Always bring a marker pen + merchandise

Bring stuff for autograph in your backpack at all times during Grand Prix weekend. You will never know who you bump into. A friend of mine bumped in Sebastian Vettel in a local Puma store and there was no publicity on that!

Tips 3 – Identify and hangout at the drivers/crew Hotel.

How? – you need to be good to the hotel personals before the F1. You can even go and ask the receptionist and pretend as if you are going to stay at the hotel. It may not be so ethical but the important thing is it’s legal. You will be surprised on how easy to get some drivers photo’s or even autographs. You can also check your local forums and ask around where the drivers are staying. Someone out there might know!

Tips 4 – Wait in front of the paddock access gate.

Some circuits, drivers walk to the paddock. Example(Singapore GP). This is a great opportunity to get them to take a photo or sign autographs.

Tips 5 – If the paddock lane is open, get your way in front of the garage.

On race day, normally teams who win P1 will have a team photo session. Smallers teams will celebrate P2 and P3. But you will never know, so make sure you wonder around the teams who made it to the podiums. I’ve personally took pictures of Ferrari, McLaren Mercedes 09, and RedBull team photo’s. The drivers were so near to me and I manage to take pictures with them as well! Best time is after race when the teams are packing but you must be sensitive enough, some teams who didnt do well might ignore you but don’t stop and just go to next garages/teams.

Tips 6 – Wonder at your local airport the day after the F1 race finishes.

You will be amazed on how little supporters are at airports! You will never know who you might bump into. Seriously I’m talking of experience. Some friends and me have meet Fernando Alonso at Changi Airport once.

The History of Plantronics

Plantronics has come a long way and has made a name for themselves by manufacturing and providing with high quality communication accessories. After having done the designing, developing and selling them, Plantronics has grown to be the market leader when it comes to communication accessories. Established in 1960, they developed two lightweight headsets for airlines, now they have a plethora of wireless and wired headsets which can be used with mobile phones, computers and any else that has a 3.5mm jack. That said, with countless innovative products in the market, they can be considered as the best communication device providers.

The MS50 were the first headsets introduced in the market by them. That was done in partnership with the NASA. This ancestral devices is composed to two hearing air style transducers connected by a headband. Now they were very quickly adopted because they served as a great replacement to bulky headsets worn by pilots before that. Possessing robust airline technology and being made in a portable body, they quickly became the favorite of the masses. Soon after they were introduced huge companies such as FAA and Western Electric began to incorporate these headsets in their daily operations.

Later in 1980s Plantronics delved deep into the wireless domain and began dishing out wireless headsets. Initially employing infrared technology, Plantronics did not need to use wires to connect to devices anymore. Being one of the first wireless ones, they became much more popular than the wired counterparts. Some of the first wireless headsets were designed to emit an infrared beam which linked it to the phone.

These Plantronics wireless headsets could have been clipped onto the shirt and enhance the user experience.

2003 welcomed further advancement in these wireless headset, in the form of the headset codenamed CS50 made for use with office phones. And with the advent of Bluetooth technology, wireless headsets were made to use it from then onwards. That said, they also develop wireless headsets for use with game consoles or with Personal Computers. Due to that they gained much success, steadily climbing up ladder of fame and fortune.

This California based company kept growing and soon they expanded beyond their city, their country and now they cater to the whole world. Aiming to deliver handsets, headsets, telephones, audio contouring toolsets and speakers, they greeted a plethora of companies on the way. When the partnership with Avaya came to be, contact center solutions and unified communications were realized. That said, it was aimed at bringing a lot of convenience and better experience to organizations at a low cost.

Whatever to be used in a call center, while gaming or in aircraft, the Plantronics headsets are typically preferred over the others. So if you are thinking of getting one for yourself, consider what Plantronics really has to offer. Yes headsets do provide a lot of personal entertainment, nothing can compare to the credibility and the functionality that Plantronics lends. Providing you with un-parallel sound output along with superior noise cancellation, these headsets provide with the best possible user experience.

The Top 3 Tricks Horse Owners Can Use To Unspoil A Barn Spoiled Horse

It's been weeks since you walked riding. Now you have time to ride this afternoon and there is not one one gonna stop you. Excited, you saddle up your horse and get on him. You get about 50 feet from the barn and your horse turns around and goes back – and you can not stop him. Why? You have a barn spoiled horse. This is a common scenario for novice horse owners.

Here are the top three tricks to solve the barn sour problem.

Teach your horse that you have control over him. Once your horse gets it in his mind that you can make him do what you want him to do, you have control over him and can so make him leave the barn. One way to get control over him is to use a training technique called doubling. When you double your horse you teach him you can control him.

It does not take long before your horse will know you can control him. Be careful when doubling though. If you do it too much at a time you can over do it. Your horse could get so sensitive to you doing it that he may try to anticipate it. If he sees your hands making the slightest movement that looks like you're about to double him, he may double himself. Thus, just double him four to six times a day on both sides. He'll quickly learn you have control.

The next thing you can try is this: Make it dang hard to do the wrong thing – and make it real easy to do the right thing. Here's what I mean. A while back my horse did not want to leave her buddies or the barn. We'd get about 100 feet away and she'd turn around and bolt back. She'd stop in front of the barn expecting me to get off, remove the saddle and tack, and put her back into the corrals.

By my barn is two hay stacks. There is a space between them big enough to go through and do figure eights around the hay stacks. So every time she'd go back I would make her work, and work, and work at running figure eights around those hay stacks. Then I would test her to see if she had enough and would leave the area.

The first seven times she ran back. Each time we came back to the barn we'd run more laps around the hay stacks. I could tell she was getting tired. But the eighth time I walked her away from the hay stacks I noticed she went quite a ways before turning to go back.

When we went back again we ran more figure eights. Only this time I could tell we did not have to do too many. I walked her out and away from doing the figureights and I suddenly had a horse who decided that it was sooo much nicer going for a walk away from the barn rather than doing a bunch of crummy ol 'figure eights. We had a nice ride that day and she was in no hurry to get home.

The last thing to do is this: Ride. Ride a lot. Do not wait for weeks or months in between riding. Try to ride at least once per week for three or four hours. Preferably, try to ride at least twice a week for a few hours at a time. (Ideally, you should ride everyday. But that's hard to do with today's time constraints) Doing that your horse will get in his brain that you're going to ride and he's going to leave the barn and there will be no argument. In fact, if you want to have a great horse the biggest secret is this: Ride the heck out him!

So if your horse is barn spoiled you can try doubling it to show you are in control. The next thing you can try is making the wrong thing difficult and the right thing easy. Make it dang hard for him to go the wrong thing and very pleasant to do the right thing. And lastly, ride your horse often. Two to three times a week if possible.

Hardwood Floor Vs Laminate

The flooring is among the most essential features of your home making just any room fit for its purposes. Other than its utilitarian qualities, it is also among the most important interior design element that captures the preferred ambiance from which other décor and additional furnishings are based on. Thus, choosing the best flooring for your New York home is among the most major decisions homeowners have to make either for a new construction or floor replacement project. This article compares two of the most popular choices when it comes to flooring with insights ideal whether you are in Manhattan, Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island.

Especially in older homes of the rich, hardwood is a common material utilized for the luxurious warmth that it offers both in look and feel. With proper care, its unsurpassed beauty and exquisite appeal can be enjoyed from generation to generation. These past few decades, home building and remodeling materials have undergone a lot of revolution with the advances in technology. One hardwood alternative that has been gaining popularity is laminate. Once just an imitation of its more expensive counterparts, modern laminate products now boasts of enhanced durability.

To know whether hardwood floor or laminate is the best choice for you and your New York home, here are the major considerations in the selection and the pros and cons of both flooring types:

Look and Feel

When it comes to look, a lot of people may be fooled at first glance. Laminates are synthetic flooring that simulates other materials perfectly because of its photograph appliqué layer. But other than the look, hardwood floor possesses other such tracks that laminate lacks including its inherent warmth and more comfort when walking.

Cost and Installation

Cost is probably the area where you've found the greatest difference when it comes to comparing these floor types. Laminate flooring ranges from $ 7 per square foot to the more durable averaging $ 11. Manufactured in inter-lock design, installation is easier and the material can be laid over almost all kinds of sub-flooring. Hardwood on the other hand, would start around $ 11 and the price increases depending on the style, finish and the rarity of timber. Its installation is best done by a qualified contractor due to the advanced skills on carpentry and precision in cutting that the project requires.

Maintenance

When it comes to cleaning, both flooring will require regular sweeping and mopping. But hardwood will need more care in preserving its protective finish and appeal. Through time; stains, moisture and scratches will take their toll and make your floor look worn but sanding it down and refinishing will make it achieve its former glory again and again. Other than the low cost, laminate is popular for its resistance to scratch, stain and spills but once chipped, it can be irreparable.

Home Value

While hardwood could never beat laminate when it comes to cost, the boost to home value that you would enjoy is considerable. Hardwood is a favorite of both realtors and many homeowners for the good value that it adds to your home, making your investments payback in time. This makes up for a great choice when it comes to remodeling investments.

What's Hot in Direct Vent Fireplaces?

Are you looking for a direct vent fireplace?

Then you've likely spent some time searching on the web to see what's offered in the current marketplace. And like most you're head is spinning as there are literally hundreds of choices and styles being offered from a multitude of fireplace manufacturers. These manufacturers know that to stay competitive they must give people what they want. So what's hot in direct vent fireplaces?

One thing's for certain, the traditional log fireplaces are beginning to take a back seat to some of the newer trendy fireplaces now available. One of the most popular new trends is a low-profile contemporary gas fireplace without a traditional log set. More and more, homeowners are opting for a more metropolitan feel, rather than a traditional campfire log set design.

In contrast, a contemporary fireplace usually consist of a clean black or stainless steel face frame with no louvers to detract from the viewing window. Next, a flat pan burner (vs. a traditional dual tube burner on a cast iron grate) is used. This allows flames to shoot up uninhibited through a strategic pattern of holes for a beautiful elongated ribbon flame effect. Optional rocks or glass beads can be set in place to surround the burner holes, without blocking the flames. The result is a very clean, attractive look that works well in less-traditional and contemporary interior spaces.

A good example of the above-described fireplace is either the L series or custom C-View series fireplaces made by Montigo Fireplace Products of Ferndale, WA. These low profile fireplaces offer a contemporary and distinctly metropolitan feel that appeal to designers and homeowners alike. Other manufacturers offer similar contemporary designs.

While popular in all parts of North America, a major percentage of contemporary fireplaces are sold in heavy-populated and trend-setting cities such as New York, San Franciso and Chicago. Most are installed in new higher end homes and condominiums, as well as hotel lobbies, resorts, clubhouses, and galleries.

Traditional looking fireplaces will continue to be popular in the coming years, especially in less-densely populated and rural areas, and the choices are almost limitless.

Contemporary fireplace options have been more limited, but that is changing rapidly as more manufacturers are adapting to the demands of more discriminating customers.

Let's shift gears a little bit.

On the more practical side of the fireplace discussion is energy efficiency. Using your direct vent fireplace as a primary heating source is a great way to reduce your overall heating expense during the winter hours. By shutting off your central furnace and using only your direct vent fireplace as a zone or room heater you can actually cut your fuel consumption by 50% or more.

How's that possible?

By not heating unused or underutilized space in the home, and instead heating only the dwelling space where you spend the most time, you can eliminate a whole lot of thermal energy waste. In other words, most of the forced air heat pushing through ducts and heat registers into unoccupied spaces wastes heat energy. Instead, why not just heat the space you're in? That's called zone heating, and is a practical, common sense approach to saving a boat load of fuel dollars during the winter months.

You may be interested to know that a direct vent fireplace can be controlled with a thermostat. As the room calls for heat, the fireplace kicks on, just like your furnace. When satisfied, the fireplace turns off.

Now your fireplace serves two functions. It gives you the beautiful ambience only the glow of dancing flames can offer and, when used more tactically, can be a huge energy saver during the cold winter months.

How To Get Your Foot In The Door At A Modeling Agency

Breaking into the modeling business starts by gaining entrance into the heart of the industry – your friendly neighborhood modeling agency. But what's the best way to get your foot in the door? Every aspiring model has a different method for success, but here's a quick look at the top ways you can get noticed by modeling agencies large and small, local and worldwide.

The Dry Call

The adage "there's safety in numbers" may apply to many walks of life, but modeling is not one of them. When you send your heads shots into an agency unsolicited, you are joining the thousands of other aspiring models who have chosen the same point of entry. The potential problem with the dry call is that no matter how great you look, your head shot is likely to get lost in the shuffle. And that shuffle is likely being overseen by the overworked, cynical intern – not the dream-maker who sits in the corner office of the agency. While there ARE dry call success stories, do not expect a call 3-5 business days after your head shots hit the mail.

Pros: Cost-effective, allows you blank many agencies at once, you're limited only by your postage budget.

Cons: The volume of dry calls a modeling agency receives in a given day makes it hard to stand out from the crowd.

The Walk In

Nothing says, "I'm ready to work" like showing up at a modeling agency is glorious 3-D. Walk In appointments give you a chance to show your portfolio to booking agents, be interviewed and just generally strut your stuff. Walk-ins must be scheduled in advance over the phone. When you arrive at the agency, always be professionally trained and maintain a positive mental attitude. This is your chance to shine beyond your photos – take full advantage of it.

Pros: A one-on-one opportunity to make an impression on modeling professionals. Unlike the open call, you probably will not have to wait in line with hundreds of other respondents.

Cons: Much like the dry call, you can never be sure that the results of the walk in will not end up in the world's largest backroom filing cabinet. Still, the fact that the agency has had a chance to see you in person and experience your personality gives you a leg up!

The Open Call

Firmly planting yourself into the good graces of a modeling agency means being there when they want you (and not just when you decided it was a good time to drop them a line). And that is where the open call comes into play. An open call reflects to that special time when an agency places an ad looking for talent. The process is simple: you show up – they love you – you become famous! OK, maybe it's not that simple, but the open call generally produces the most success because you as a model are filling a need at the agency. When you do a dry call or a walk in, you may be great, but there's no way to gauge the hiring climate at the agency. With an open call, you're there because they want you there!

Pros: The open call is a signal that the agency in question is looking for new talent. There's no better time to get your foot in the door.

Cons: You're not going to be the only one who reads the modeling agency's ad. Be prepared to spend a large portion of the day waiting to be seen by the right people.

(C) Copyright – Coach Models – Jochen Talmon

Precautions You Should Take While Buying Used Cars

Perhaps, the economic downturn is one of the main reasons for the growth of the used cars market. Many people opt for buying used or pre-owned cars because according to them, it is not wise to invest in new vehicles when the economy is in such a bad shape. If you are also looking to buy a used car, you should check some of the most important aspects before closing the deal.

– Firstly, you should decide your budget for buying your vehicle. You may mainly purchase the vehicle for the use of your entire family and hence, your choice of the vehicle depends not only upon your budget but on the size of your family also.

– Once you narrow down the list of the cars you are looking for, you must choose a good dealer who has pre-owned cars of these models.

– After short-listing the cars, you should make it a point to check the years of registration of the cars. Buying a car that has run more than 18,000 Kilometers is not advisable. But, while checking this, you should see if the Odometers of the vehicles are functioning well.

– The engine of a car is the most important part and so, you should check if you are able to start the engines smoothly. The other parts such as transmission, frame, tires, exhaust are equally important and hence, you should make sure that they are also in good working condition. Further, the transmission and the drive shaft should be in a durable condition. If you test-drive the vehicles along with your own mechanic, you will be able to check if all these parts including the engine and the transmission are functioning well.

– In countries like the US, you can get Car Fax reports and from them, you can know the complete history of the cars. You can know the details of the accidents, if any, also from these reports. The mileage of the cars, their erstwhile owners, etc. will also be available on these reports. You can also get the details of the inspection and service history of the cars from these Car Fax reports. The previous owners may not have reported some of the accidents but, they will also find a place on these reports.

– You should never buy flood-damaged cars because it is very risky. You can find this out by contacting the National Insurance Crime Bureau with the Vehicle Identification Numbers of the cars. You can detect this also by inspecting the cars thoroughly and by checking if there are moldy odors. If you find rust in any parts of the cars, you can conclude that floods have damaged the vehicles.

– You should check the cooling system, the radiator, the alternator and the starter of the cars. There should not be any leaks in the radiators. Brakes should be in top condition.

Even if you are well-acquainted with the dealer, you should have your own mechanic with you while inspecting the vehicles. Of course, the dealer may have his own mechanic but you should insure test-drives by your mechanic only.

These tips will help you to zero in on the right pre-owned car.

Fireplace Designs

There are people that would like to have a fireplace in their homes, not because they would like to enjoy a nice warm fire but because they like how it makes the house appear. For whatever reason that an individual would like to have a fireplace designs, the two most important things to consider are; the location and what will be used to power it.

The decision to go ahead and build the fireplace can now be out in order if the correct measurements have been taken. There are various materials used to build; tiles or marble. Tiles act like a mirror and reflect the heat. This is an added advantage because heat is spread evenly throughout the room. You can get ideas from visiting ancient homes or asking companies that specialize in building them to build one for you.

To know what fireplace designs you would like, understand what you want to achieve in the end of it. If you want to have a modern look, then go for the electric fire design which is formed like a cube in the wall. With this design, there need to be wires behind the wall that are connected to the power supply to provide the power required.

The modern fireplace designs save us the trouble of not having to deal with fumes, smoke, ashes or clearing up the mess when the ashes become too much. This makes it so much more convenient and appealing. They do allow us to enjoy the warmth of a sizzling fire even though we can not use them to make sausages.

Laminate Flooring Part 10 – Trimming Jams

Dealing with Door Jams when laying laminate flooring

What do you do when you come to a door jam? Jams usually go down nearly to the subfloor.

Two options for door jams

You have two options. One is ugly, at best, and the other is tedious. You could try to cut around the jam and try to make a fairly tight fit. You probably will not succeed in doing this.

Expansion of the wood

You actually need to leave a little gap around the jam to allow for expansion of the wood. This gap also allows for looking ugly and for debris to fall into the crack. The other option (this I is preferred by me) is to lay a scrap piece of laminate flat, near the jam Then take a cut off saw and, using the laminate as a guide for the proper height, rest the saw on the scrap piece and trim off the bottom of the jam I think this is a much better solution and allows you to cut the jam straight, and gives you a heavy 1/16 of an inch between the jam and the laminate (depending on saw kerf).

The laminate moves freely under the jam

This will allow the laminate to move freely under the jam When you actually put your piece under there, make sure it is still about 1/4 of an inch away from the actual wall that is behind the jam This way, as the floor expands and contracts, it will always appear the same, no gap between the jam and the flooring.

Web Design or Graphic Design

An excellent website design is not just about applying beautiful colors as well as paired together your navigation menus. Instead, it really is about branding your website in a manner that it appeals to your targeted market. Although graphic design is centered on overall look, it should at the same time, convey a message to your website visitors. Simply by making use of the key points associated with graphic design as part of your website design, you can show your original personality that your website visitors as well as prospective clients can easily relate with and identify effortlessly.

Image Design is the mixture of art work and science to show a message by means of images. It really is acknowledged to be a form of interaction. Ever since the entire world has entered cyberspace era and the majority of companies remain competitive for any attention of the general public through the online world, image design artists are becoming absolutely essential. Creative designers are essential for making captivating website pages. It does not matter just how helpful or even interesting the particular articles of the web site are, it may not really fulfill the required results of the owner when it does not look excellent. Overall look is definitely the most important feature consumers see. Whenever people are searching on the internet they will more than likely look at only websites that will with initial glimpse appear to look excellent.

When you choose to design your web site or sometimes get your image design job related by specialists, you have to take into account the variables such as navigation, high quality of content material and also the appearance of the internet site. Although web designer has to pay attention to all of these components, the actual graphic design for your web site needs to be given the same relevance. Image images are the very first thing a new visitor to your site notices, in fact it is due to interesting visual illustrations or photos that the visitor is persuaded to read the written text.

You will find there's popular debt covering the importance given to artwork design in web sites. Some people argue that without having innovative graphic illustrations or photos, a web site will lose their overall appeal that is necessary to hold visitors' interest. Other people believe that graphic design is actually given an excess amount of importance which is rather an overrated service in website design. Even though the two arguments are generally valid in their own meaning, the actual function of graphic design with websites can not be negated entirely.

Generally, graphic design has been all about creating unique as well as appealing company cards, trademarks, banners as well as other print designs. However, since the surge of the World Wide Web as well as company websites, artwork design has built an inroad through web design at the same time. Website design is very different from designing for produce, for this reason, many people prefer to retain the services of web site designers instead of graphic designers with regards to web sites.

There are some aspects in website designing that needs the exclusive expertise of a graphic designer. While web design takes on the most important role in constructing a web site, making it from a technical perspective effective and well-designed, graphic design is often a very helpful assistance that must definitely be utilized to achieve total victory with your internet site.

Understanding Retinal Detachment

Bothered by the sudden appearance of floaters? Troubled by hazy vision? Check with your doctor fast. You could be suffering from a retinal detachment that can make you blind!

The retina is a thin membrane attached to the back of the eye. It carries specialized sense receptors that make vision possible. These retinal cells are known as rods (which register black and white only) and cones (which react to color). A person has about 10 million cones and 100 million rods on the retina of each eye.

To work properly, the retina gets oxygen and nutrients from under blood vessels. If it separates from this layer of blood vessels, the problem is called a retinal detachment.

Retinal detachment affects 20,000 people annually in the United States alone. It may follow an injury to the eye, cataract surgery or severe nearsightedness. More men than women develop this condition and the risk increases in people with tumors of the eye and hyper¬tension. A genetic factor may also be involved as the condition tends to run in families.

"Retinal detachment is a medical emergency, and time is critical." "Without the detached retina is promptly surgically reattached, this condition can cause permanent loss of vision in the affected eye," according to the Mayo Clinic.

However, symptoms almost always appear before the retina detaches. As the vitreous fluid (the jellylike substance inside the eyeball) shrinks and sags, it may tug on the retina, producing the sensation of flashing lights. is strong enough and causes a retinal tear, small blood vessels will be damaged, allowing blood to see into the vitreous and causing hazy vision and the sudden appearance of new floaters (dark or light spots or specks or lines in the field of vision) "said Dr. David E. Larson, editor-in-chief of the "Mayo Clinic Family Health Book."

Whether or not surgery will help depends on the patient's case. If the retina is merely torn but has not yet been detracted from underlying blood vessels, the physician can repair the damage by laser treatment (photocoagulation) or cryopexy (in which acute cold is applied to form a scar and hold the retina in place). Both can be done on an outpatient basis.

Surgery is necessary if the retina is washed but this should be done quickly since rods and cones die if they are separated from their source of nourishment for a long time. Once this happens, the patient becomes blind and nothing can restore his or her vision.

"Doctors commonly use one of three surgical procedures to repair a retinal detachment. Some of these procedures are done in conjunction with photocoagulation or cryopexy. The purpose of these treatments is to close any retinal holes or tears and to reduce the tug on the retina from a shrinking vitreous. The type, size and location of any retinal detachment will determine which procedure your eye surgeon recommends. In general, these surgeries can successfully treat more than 90 percent of cases of retinal detachment, although a second treatment is sometimes necessary, concluded the Mayo Clinic.

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Review of Naruto Shippuden Story Arc One

Since this is essentially a restart of the series they needed to reconnect us to the characters. I do not want to give too much away if you are still watching the original series, but at this point Sasuke is with Orochimaru and Naruto has gone off to train for two and a half years.

The series starts with Naruto's return and his reconnection to his friends (and vicarily us). At this same time; to keep the action moving, two members of the group that are after the tiled demons are moving in on the village of sand. Their goal is Garra.

Battles abound through this Arc, since they wanted to keep the action fans happy. The real story is in the new maturity level of Naruto, and the rest of the characters. Sakura has advanced significantly under the eye of Lady Tsunade, and an early segment with Kakashi testing Naruto and Sakura is very fun.

The only complaint I have, is that they jumped back into the action a little too fast for my taste. Even one or two more episodes with more of naruto reconnecting with his friends, would have added to the restart of the series. As is, they still did pretty well. Letting several of the supporting cast; including team guy and some old friends from the Sand Village, get some good air time.

Naruto's ability to change even the most jaded individuals comes into play, and some interesting things are set up for later. The biggest revelations in this arc involve Akatsuki (the group after the tiled demons). We get to see something of what they're up to and the extreme methods they are using. We also get to see the whole group for the first time.

I will give this story Arc the following ratings:
Story Development: B + -Several important events occur in this story arc, but they could have spent more time in some areas.
Action: A -I doubt I will ever rate this under A, the action is superb as always.
Arc Story: C +-They should have spent a bit more time on Naruto's return, and some less important parts seem to drag on forever.

Overall I will say it's a B + story Arc.